The Mrs. and I

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Eve of Christmas

I can't believe it's here already and tomorrow is Christmas! So crazy! I feel like it was just Memorial Day and we were getting for the warm weather to come. Now we're in the midst of winter and, thankfully, it hasn't been too harsh thus far. Last year at this time, I could barely make it up my driveway because of all the snow we had. I wouldn't mind to see some more snow for tomorrow, then it'll feel more like Christmas to me, but alas, we won't be getting any between now and then. Oh well, I'm glad it's that time of year. The time when we get to spend time w/ our families, give gifts and just enjoy each other's company. I have finally put some Christmas music on my phone and am listening to it now while I'm at work. Yes, I'm having to work this morning, but it's not such a bad thing. At least I don't have to work on Christmas day! I had to do that last year and it wasn't all that fun, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do sometimes. I don't imagine it'll be too busy here, but you never know.
 Anyway, just wanted to jot a few things down, since I haven't done so on here in a while. Not a ton has happened since my last post, just trying to stay busy and get in better physical shape. I'm trying to work out a little bit every day and just try to tone up and trim down a bit. Not that I'm trying to impress anyone or I'm overweight ot anything, I just like to stay as close to being as fit as I can be. My golf program for St. George is kind of at a standstill, purely based on my lack of effort, to put it plainly. I need to obtain a business license for Wahington County, and it's kinda hard to do so when you aren't actively down there, plus I need to make up some flyers and take them around to the various elementary schools. So my plan is to go down there for a week or so after New Year's and try to get everything in order and taken care of. It wouldn't be the end of the world if I can't get it going 'til next fall, but I'd love to get it going now and be out on my own. Wish me luck!
  Be sure to watch some classic Christmas movies, as well (if you haven't already)!! I saw Christmas Vacation for the first time a few weeks ago and it is hilarious! Home Alone 1 and 2, A Christmas Story and The Grinch are my other favorites! Oh and Merry Christmas everyone!!! I hope Santa makes his way to your house!

Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11

 To start things off, I'd like to thank all those who have served or who are serving in our military, thank them for all their hard work, determination and bravery for doing what they do and fighting for our freedoms back here at home. I couldn't imagine going overseas or into battle like many of them do, so I have a lot of respect for each and everyone of them. Thanks guys/girls!
 I spent the last week down in the St. George area and it was quite nice, not gonna lie. I got to meet up w/ a few good friends, played golf three times and got to meet w/ a few guys who are helping me get my business up and going. We threw around some different ideas and designs w/ the logo, just various things associated w/ it and it was a very productive meeting, very cool to meet w/ those guys. It looks like I won't be moving down 'til after New Year's, as that's when I'd best be able to get the classes up and going, but come January, here I come! I'll have to shovel snow a little bit longer than I'd like to, but it's not a bad job at all, it's just a matter of doing it and being out in the cold. I'll survive :)
 Random thoughts here.....Rihanna is losing my respect w/ each music video she comes out w/. Have you seen her recent one, We Found Love? Well, there's a few parts in there where she's smoking and then the guy in the video blows a huge puff of smoke directly into her mouth. Can you say DISGUSTING??? Blah, I hate cigarette smoke, even moreso when I see a girl I like who is smoking. Major turnoff.
-I think we, as a society, are getting a little too enthralled w/ the social media. Sure it's nice to keep up w/ the things of the world, but man, all these new social media places are a bit much, at least for me. Twitter is something I never see myself using, oh and people who update their status like ten times an hour on facebook tends to drive me nuts. Especially when they're self-promoting themselves.
-The radio from hell show on X96 will forever be my very least favorite talk show to listen to. All they ever do is criticize others and belittle them, and that Kerry Jackson thinks he knows any and all things about any and all things. F-ing annoying!
-Stores that promote Christmas before Halloween should be fined. Let us get through Thanksgiving, at the bare minimum, before you put up your Christmas decorations. Please! I love Christmas, but good grief, putting out stuff for it over two in a months is too much.
-Planking is retarded
-Lady GaGa is just a mess. Great singer, but I cannot stand to see her or watch her perform. At all.
-Daylight savings is hard to get used to. This whole getting dark thing at 5:30 is not cool.
-I can't wait for the Daughtry CD to come out in a few weeks
-Lifehouse needs a new one, too, as does The Fray and The All-American Rejects. Those guys seem to take forever to get new cd's out.
-I want to travel a lot more next year, like just grab a friend and go somewhere for the wknd, kinda like on Yes Man. I think that would be pretty sweet to try at least once.
-Lastly, I think the NBA and it's players need to stop whining, get a deal done and start playing some basketball!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

11.1.11

 I can't believe it's November already. Seems like it was just February and I was down in Phoenix w/ my fam, and now it's almost that time of year again. Sheesh time flies. Anywho, I realized I hadn't posted anything for a while, so here we are. So Halloween was yesterday and it's over now, thank goodness. I am not a fan of it in any way, shape or form. Sure the candy is nice, but heck I can have candy any day of the year. I just don't get the meaning behind the holiday, nor do I like all the scariness associated w/ it, nor the dressing up. I think I last dressed up when I was.....12, and all I wore was this mask. It just hasn't been an interest to me and my mindset will have to change whenever I have kids, just to get in the spirit of things, but I won't have to worry about that for a few years, at least. So to sum up, I'm glad Halloween is over. Bring on Thanksgiving and Christmas!
 The last month has been on the slow side, simply because I don't have a steady 40 hr/week job, I've just been teaching a few golf classes each week, picking up a few shifts at the gatehouse and helping my Dad w/ property management stuff, but it's about to get better and a little more steady (I'm hoping), as I'm headed to St. George on Thursday to try to get my small business started. I won't give out the name yet, but it's a golf program to teach young kids how to play. My buddy and I will start out w/ a few classes and hope to develop/grow it each year and hope to have it be an established program throughout the St. George area. I'm a little nervous about it, not that I don't think it'll do well, but just from the standpoint of starting my own business and putting myself out there. If you have a good idea, but never do anything about it, you'll never know what could have happened. I heard that somewhere, so I'm going to apply it and see what happens! Wish me luck :)
 Anyway, those are my thoughts at the moment. Stay classy, San Diego...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Coffee

So here's a story about my first experience making coffee. It wasn't for me to drink, but for the customers at good ol' Grump's Gas 'n Grocery in Henefer, when I worked there in high school. I had no prior experience in coffee, nor had anyone showed me how to make it, so I was on my own. How hard could it be? Well.....I got the pot, filled it up w/ hot water from the bathroom sink (the only sink in the place), got the package of coffee, poured it in, grabbed a plastic spoon nearby and began to stir. I got it to a nice consistency (or so I thought), then placed it on the coffee maker warmer thing and let it stay warm. Perfect. I watched people come in, but needless to say, no one bought any coffee. I couldn't figure out why. Later on, or my next shift, I can't remember, a guy from town came in and I asked him how to make some, as he came to the store a lot and was the owner's brother. He went through the process, showed me how to do it, showed me what those big white things were (filters), how it filters/drains from the top of the pot down to the bottom, and you get coffee. I just started to laugh. Samsonite! Ha ha I was WAY off. I can't blame them for not buying any of my first batch of coffee :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11: Ten Years Later

I remember exactly where I was on this day ten years ago. I had just started my freshman year of high school, maybe our third week into it. I was walking out to catch the bus, Cade Richins met me there & asked if I'd heard of what happened. I said no & asked him, then he told me this plane hit a building in New York. I asked if it was on purpose & he said he didn't know. Now I was really curious & wondered about it the whole ride to the school. We went to first hour & all we did was watch coverage of what was happening on tv. I couldn't believe what was happening, especially after the second plane hit. What on earth was going on? No one said much; we didn't know what to say, didn't know what to think. I vividly remember in second hour, p.e., a kid in class was almost praising what had happened & I remember Heath Givan standing up & putting this kid in his place, denouncing what had happened & standing up for all of us, basically. I thought it was very cool & I'll never forget it. It was a very somber day, that's for sure. I'm so grateful for all the women out there who fight for our freedoms & allow us to live freely & not confined, like some other countries, & that we don't live under any sort of tyranny. This was a sad day in history, but I'm thankful that it's over & that we're rebuilding that area of New York City & are fighting to bring those terrorists to justice & showing that we, as Americans, are resilient & won't stand for that garbage.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Nine Ten Eleven

What a cool date. This would be a great day to get married on, because it'd be super easy to remember (not that you'd forget otherwise, but still). I know of three weddings that happened just in the Coalville area, & one was my little cousin. It took place right out behind my house, so it was a short walk to the ceremony & it went really well. I'm happy for them :)
While at the reception, I saw a lot of kids I went to school w/, but really didn't talk to any of them, nor any of them talk to me. It's kinda hard for me to carry on a conversation w/ someone that you rarely (or never) hang out w/. Maybe I should've made an effort to talk to them, I dunno. It just made me feel really small, like insignificant, that I didn't matter to them. I dunno. I just need to make a new circle of friends, friends that actually care & friends who don't just care about partying all the time. These nights spent in my room are getting old. It's time for a change of scenery & hopefully soon.
Anyway, enough pity party. I finished my full-time job for the season, so now I'm job free for a little while. It was bittersweet to end the season, like I'm glad to be done, but it's such a great job & the people I work w/ are great, too. I'll be back next year, though, so no worries. I have also been golfing a ton this summer, like two to three times a week. It's more golf than I've ever golfed & I absolutely love it. My ultimate goal is to play professionally, but I'm a LONG ways from that right now. It's not impossible, though, & I will keep striving towards it. Anyway, life is great. I'm alive, healthy, have a great family & am blessed w/ more things than I feel I'm deserving of, but I'm truly grateful for them. That's all for now. Until next time...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Duck Suicide

The title is self-explanatory, but here's the story. I was checking this pond at work & I could hear all these ducks squawking/honking, it looked like a few of them were in some sort of battle, like fighting over a girl maybe. I had to go check it out, so I walked over & saw those same few ducks attacking this duck that couldn't seem to get away. As I got closer, I could see it was tangled in some sort of netting & obviously couldn't free itself. I also realized that those other ducks weren't attacking it, they were trying to help it get loose. I took a video of it, then sprinted back to my truck to put my waders on. I raced back to the duck (all the other ducks had flown away at this point), I stepped into the water & waded over to the duck. I picked it up, it didn't fight me at all, I figured it was worn out from all the struggling. I tried to pull the netting off, but it was on there pretty snug & I didn't want to hurt it. It was then that I remembered I had a box cutter knife in my truck, so again I sprinted back to it, waders all the way up still, got the knife & sprinted back to the water. I picked up the duck & was able to cut the netting, very carefully, & set the duck free (after a few pictures). It swam to the shore, but didn't get out, just sat there like it was scared. I went over to it, picked it up & walked around to another side of the pond where the bank was debris free, so that it could swim freely & be fine. I put it in the water, it swam away a few feet, then took a dive. I figured it was going down to get something to eat, but I never saw it come back up. I stayed there for a good five minutes, trying to see where it could be, but more so I stood in curiosity & disbelief. Here I just saved this duck's life & now it goes & drowns on me?! I felt so disrespected. Ha not literally, but I was a little perplexed at it. Dumb thing. I guess he wanted a burial at sea (pond). He sure got it, no thanks to me.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I've never done this before

That's what a lady said to me this morning while I was filling up my work truck. She pulled on the other side of the pump, told me not to leave yet & that she's "never done this before", then reached for something on the floor. I just sat there like "ummm k.....what is she doing??" I finished filling up, then went over to ask her if she needed something & she said yes, that she needed help w/ the whole process--I figured she must be new to working at the county, because it's not a hard thing to figure out. All you do is put your card in, enter your pin, mileage, then the pump number & voila! You can now pump gas. She was just new at it though & I was happy to help. I was just a little nervous when she told me not to leave & was reaching for something on the floor.
On another note, I've discovered this flavor of Wheat Thins & I think you should, too. It's Sundried Tomato & Basil & OMG are they delicious!!! Go check them out, I know you'll love them :) PS golf is my new addiction. I love it!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Super Duper!

 So today is July 11th, which translates to 7-11, which in turn translates to, yes, FREE SLURPEE DAY!!! Ha this is like my most favorite day of the year (behind the major holidays, of course) and I definitely took advantage of it. You see, Park City has five 7 Eleven stores and I just so happen to work in PC, and you better believe that I visited each one :) I still got my work done, don't worry. I just mixed in a few delicious treats along the way. My first cup was Wild Cherry Fanta, the second was Pina Colada, the third was some Mountain Dew Blue Shock, the fourth was this blue Alienade (sour, but good), and the last one was Banana. Mmm mmm mmm they were all delicious and very much worth every visit. Too bad this day only comes once a year, but I look forward to it when it comes around. It's kinda like Christmas in July :)



The slurpee lineup
If you haven't yet gotten a free slurpee or were *gasp* unaware of this day, well, now you know and can enjoy this great day w/ me :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Golf? Yes Please

So a few days ago, I got invited to a golf tournament w/ a family friend of mine and I wasn't sure about it at first, but then I thought, "It's golf. Just go." So I told him I'd go and it turned out to be a pretty good decision. The tournament was today at Jeremy Ranch in Park City, so I got off work around noon and our team teed off at 1:00. The two other guys we played w/ were pretty much amazing, they carried our team, more or less. Kelly and I couldn't even come close to hitting it as far as them, but I was able to make three putts to give us three birdies and they greatly helped us in our quest to win. We finished at a -11, 61 and ended up winning by one stroke (out of 21 teams). We were excited to win and even more excited to hear what our prize was; a $250 gift certificate to the pro shop for each of us. That's $1000 between the four of us. Can you believe that?? I picked out a nice shirt, some nice shorts, some socks and a huge pack of golf balls and I STILL have $100 left. Cuhrazy!! It was a sweet day, though, and very worthwhile :)

On another note, I discovered this band the other day and I think they've been around for a bit, but they're new to me and they're called Act As If. They kinda remind me of Death Cab, just real mellow, but they're pretty good. You should give them a listen, along w/ All Time Low's new CD, as well as Simple Plan's new one. Good stuff, you won't be disappointed :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Don't

If anyone is reading this, would you do me a favor? Please don't ever tell anyone you're going to do something when you have no intentions of doing it. No matter who the person is, don't do that to them. I understand that we all get busy, our schedules change & things might come up that we have no control over. I realize that, but by not saying anything to the person, it just gives them false hope, false hope that you'll actually show up or you'll actually do a particular thing. And if you intend on doing something, but can't make it, please let the person know. It's really not a hard thing to do & only takes a few minutes, if that. They will appreciate it greatly & will respect you for it. Not telling them at all, even after the fact, just leaves them w/ a bad taste in their mouth & makes them feel that they're not cared about. That is all.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Everything

 That's the name of the song I'm currently listening to by Lifehouse. It's SUCH a great song, I think I've listened to it like five times in a row now. I'll never get sick of it. Give it a listen, if you haven't already, or just listen anyway. Great song by one of my top three favorite bands.

 The title also fits what I've been thinking about lately--everything. I can't decide what to do for the fall-continue to live at home, move to Provo w/ some buddies, move to our house in St. George, or MAYBE go on a mission (and I strongly emphasize the MAYBE). I've thought about it more lately, but I'm not exactly sure why. I do know this though, that I won't go out just because someone tells me I should or wants me to; I have to go because I have a desire to, that I WANT to go out. Otherwise, it may turn out to be a miserable experience for me, because I'm just there to please someone or some people. On the other hand, it could be really great. I don't know exactly. All I know is that I'm pretty torn & confused right now. Sometimes I feel like a bad person or almost condemned for not going, because there are people out there who think I've done something wrong, simply because I haven't gone out. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions & I respect them, but I honestly feel the pressure & uneasiness that various people have directly or indirectly placed on me. It's a tough situation to be in, but I'm not complaining. There are FAR worse situations to be in than mine, by far. I just want to be accepted for who I am & for the things I've done, & not for the things I haven't done. I'm not at all pointing any fingers, I just want to feel accepted, that's all.

 On a lighter note, my older brother & his kids came up today & it's been SO great to have them here! We had our whole family (well my Dad's side) over for dinner this afternoon, about 22 of us, so we had a crowded house, but I absolutely loved it. My four nieces & little nephew were together for only the second time ever, so that was cool to see & to see them interact w/ each other. I love each of them to death :) My bro's family, my parents & I are heading to St. George later Sunday evening & I cannot wait! Sunshine & warm weather here we come! :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

St. George

   You'll never guess, but this blog is about St. George. Crazy I know :) But yeah I went down to our house w/ my Dad this weekend to move some furniture & do some various things. We left Friday morning & got to the Sand Hollow golf course right around 3 p.m., just in time for our tee time. I started out pretty well, getting a birdie on the first hole, which is what you're trying for on each hole, for those of you who don't know golf, but I was pleasantly surprised by it, considering I hadn't played in three months. That feeling was a bit brief, as I got a bogey on the next 8 holes, finishing w/ a 43, not too shabby. We then went to the store for a few things & also got some food from Subway. The guy working there must've been in a good mood, because we each got a foot long, w/ chips AND a large Icee for only like $10.50. Crazy huh? It should've been like $15 easily, but hey I'll take it. We did a few things around the house later on & had a few friends come over, one to line us out for the putting green we're putting in in the backyard :) & the other was my buddy I've known since kindergarten, but it was cool to have them both over. K then on Saturday, my Dad & I got up to go pick up two love sacs for the house & then ran errands all day, picking up a few odds & ends along the way, including a trundle bed for the spare bedroom. Then we got a few couches moved in & the recliner, which weren't bad to move at all, but the couch bed was the one that gave us some fits. We had to stand it up on it's end just to fit it through the door, then slid it on a rug down the hall & into my future bedroom. It wasn't fitting through that door, however, so I had to take the door off it's hinges & then we could finally get it in. It was quite the chore, but it's nice to get most of the furniture in there & have it set up. It's a great house & I would love to live there someday--hopefully this fall :)

   Here are a few pictures of it, they're pretty smalll looking & I'm not sure why, but here they are....




Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter Rabbit

Does that sound kinda weird, or is it just me? I mean it IS a rabbit, but bunny just sounds cuter...that's all I can figure why it's called that. Totally random, useless information, but hey.

Anyway.....it's been a while since I've been on here, so I'll kinda update you a bit.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to play in a basketball tournament out in Lyman, WY (where I grew up for a time) and had a blast! I got to see a lot of my old buddies, play against them and just see how they've changed. Some of them have put on the weight, I almost didn't recognize some of them, but it's good to see they're getting fed :) ha ha. I hope my metabolism and activity level keep up w/ me, because I really don't want to have a belly/gut. I'll cross my fingers. But yeah, the tourney was awesome, we lost our first game, but won the next two on Saturday, so we ended up taking third...I do believe. A few of our games got a little chippy, a little too physical, but that's part of the game sometimes. It was fun to be out there though, to get a chance to play w/ these guys was a lot of fun. Another bonus about going out there was that this certain someone went w/ me, which was the coolest part :) ha but yeah it was a pretty awesome weekend, I have zero complaints :)

K also, we closed on the house in St. George, so it's officially ours now. Suhweet! I can't wait to make some trips down there soon and soak up the sun, since it doesn't want to shine up here. Dumb weather. You watch, it'll continue to be rainy/crappy, then it'll warm up all of a sudden and be nice, then all the flooding will come. It's gonna be scary in some places, because hardly any of the runoff has even come down yet. It could be like '83 all over again (not that I was alive then, but I've heard the stories). Hopefully everyone will be prepared for it though and it won't turn out to be all that bad.

-I just had some mini Reese's and somehow managed to get chocolate all over my shirt. So worth it though.
-Seeing San Antonio down 3-1 in their series is pretty awesome
-Attending an MLB game is in my future and hopefully the near future
-Donuts at the Chevron in Kamas are pretty much amazing
-Cafe Rio can't even hold a candle to how good Bajio is
-I would like to get an SUV, but I'm not sure which one I want...
-Chess has become a favorite game of mine lately, as has Angry Birds
-Foo Fighters' new album is awesome!
-My trimmer is on the dull side, I've decided.
-All these plaid shirts and tight jeans make me sick
-It seems like ANYONE can get a record deal these days. Good grief, maybe I should pick up singing.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Back At It

 It's been a little while since my last entry, I've been a little busy between my four jobs, but yeah I'm back. To clarify on the jobs, three of them are part-time and one is full-time, so I'm really not all that busy. I started mosquito abatement (a.k.a. master abating ;) last wednesday and it's been kinda sketchy so far, mainly due to the weather. Can't it just be spring already w/out the snow?? Jeez it's snowed almost every day at work, but you can't control the weather. The frustrating thing though has been digging out these freaking beaver dams. And moving rocks from ditches and streams. My boss is obsessed w/ both of these things and it's quite frustrating. I mean sure, taking out some of the dams helps improve the water flow, but good grief, we don't have to take ones out that span a whole river! Speaking of rivers, my first day on the job, we were taking out a beaver dam and I discovered that I had a hole in my boot--not good when you're standing in like 40 degree weather. My toes went numb for a little bit :) Ha then on monday, my boss had us take these huge rocks out of a stream that was already flowing. I took out my frustrations on the rocks, as I launched them up the hillside. Goodness it was such a waste of time! But hey, there are worse jobs out there.

 K then today was my first day of teaching golf at the elementary here in town. I was only anticipating 5 kids coming, but there ended up being 10! Not a huge deal, but the kids are like age 6-9, so it's kinda hard to keep their attention between the two stations, plus we had to be inside, so that's kinda hard too, cuz you can't do a whole lot. One little guy, Zander, kinda had a rough time--he's a pretty tender kid, like he cried three or four times, cuz he felt like some kids weren't being fair to him, but I did my best to help him out and gave him his own mat to hit on and he really liked that. I hope I'm doing some good w/ these kids, not only to help them gain an interest in their golf game and improve, but also just in dealing w/ other kids and developing their manners and what not. All the kids are really good kids, like there's one who's a little bugger sometimes, but overall they're a good bunch. I love teaching them though, it's a lot of fun :) I'd like to coach them in basketball, too, or maybe just basketball in general, but we'll see.

Let's see...I watched the movie 'The Book of El' and it's probly my favorite movie right now. It swears a bit, but man is it a good movie and has a good movie. I would highly recommend watching it, it's a great one and it has Denzel Washington. Who doesn't like Denzel?
-I've kinda got a huge crush on Katy Perry lately. She used to bug me, but she doesn't anymore. Ha ha and her new song, E.T., is pretty sweet, I've gotta admit. She is a very good looking girl :)
-I didn't play a round of golf in March (my goal was to play in every month of the year), but I hit the driving range and taught some golf classes, so that counts, right?
-I think I said this before, but Lady GaGa needs to go away. And soon. Pretty please.
-The men's basketball championship game was BORING!!! 53-41, for a men's game? Ridiculous.
-The rec center in Heber now has a golf simulator, plus a putting green and tons of basketball hoops to shoot on, so I have a feeling I'll be visiting it a lot :)
-I don't really like to wear black, like black slacks to church, nor black interior in cars, simply because I'm a clean freak and hate it when all the hairs collect on them. It drives me nuts!
-I ate some Peruvian food tonight and I was pretty nervous about it, not gonna lie, but it was SOOO good! I would definitely go there again, definitely :)
-The Jazz pretty much suck now, I'll admit it. They play zero defense and struggle scoring on the offensive end. It's so frustrating to watch them, but I hope they'll turn it around and have a much better year next year.
-Lastly, I have this thought for a scented facemask, ya know like the kind you wear for working/painting. Is that a good idea, or kinda lame?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Song Trivia and Random Thoughts

Just a little music trivia here. Can you name the artists of these randomly named songs?

If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?
I'd Hate To Be You When People Find Out Who This Song Is About
If You Wanted A Song Written About You, All You Had To Do Was Ask
Answer:

Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?
I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off
The Pros And Cons Of Breathing
Answer:

Before The Lobotomy
Give Me Novacaine
Whatsername
Answer:

Two snowmen were out in a field, one says to the other, "You're right. It does smell like carrots out here."

So I'm here at work w/ not much of anything to do, so I figured I'd jot some things down.
-I played in the famous Henefer Tournament last wknd and it was a lot of fun! I was on a pretty good team and we ended up winning it all. Our prize--a king size Snickers. Be jealous, it's ok. Ha ha not a great prize, but it was worth playing in. We scored 103 points in the final game, which is kinda crazy for a little tourney like that, but yeah it was sweet to play in.
-These last three days I've been helping teach golf classes over at some elementary schools in Park City and it's been a fun experience so far. The classes are small, so yeah it's not too difficult, but next week I'll be teaching on my own, so that will be a little scary, simply because I've never taught on my own before and I haven't taught golf in over two years. It will be a good experience for me though.
-I thought I'd be going to AZ today, but my Dad decided we'll go another time when we can spend more time there. And hopefully fly, not drive :)
-I have this one stray hair in my goatee that is driving me crazy
-I need new contacts, but don't really want to go get an eye exam
-The snow needs to melt and summer needs to be here already!
-Lady GaGa needs to go away, and soon. Please.
-Ron Artest can go away, too. So can his kissing his arms after every play. So annoying.
-Katy Perry can stay all she wants though :) Her new song is pretty good, too.
-I start my favorite job on monday, master abating! A.K.A. mosquito abatement :) Ha ha ha it's the sweetest job ever. I can't wait to start :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Technology

I'm tired of using technology.....jk just a little lyric there. So I'm laying in bed & I'm on the Internet on my phone while listening to my iPod, all at the same time. Not saying this to brag at all, I just think it's SO crazy that we're able to do this, on a phone no less. It wasn't all that long ago that only the wealthy or the elite even had a cell phone. Now everyone & their dog has one. Heck even some bums on the street have them now. It's almost like you're not human if you don't own one, it's so crazy. I don't ever see myself owning an iPad though. Ever. Those are a bit much, if you ask me, both in price & in general terms. I mean I'm all for technology, but some of it is a bit excessive & there are some people who are a bit excessive w/ it too. These gadgets are cool, a lot of them can serve a good purpose, such as using Skype to communicate, but don't let them consume you. Ya know? After all, they are just things & in the end, you can't take them w/ you, so yeah try not to get too attached, myself included.

On a different note, I get to go to Arizona this wknd! I get to spend some time w/ my Dad & bro for their birthdays, be in the warmth & go golfing! It's gonna be sweet! The drive will suck, but it'll totally be worth it :)

Lastly, just an update from my last entry...I got over that annoying bladder infection, thank goodness. And I finished my last round of antibiotics last night, so yeah I'm good to go! All except for a chest cold, but there are worse things out there than a cold.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Manic Monday

Monday was a pretty crazy day & one that I don't want to ever have again. The night before, Sunday night, I was having pains down by stomach & groin area. So Monday morning, my Mom had me give a urine sample & take it up to the clinic to see if they could determine anything from it. I went to give it Monday morning, but it was SO painful that I ended up passing out. I had no idea I passed out, my Dad was yelling at me to get my attention & I could not figure out why. As far as I knew, I was standing up & was fine. But no, I was actually in a heap on the floor next to the toilet. I was so out of it, it was pretty bizarre. I had never passed out before, so this was kind of a scary deal, but at least I wasn't home by myself. Anyway, long story short...I went to the doctor's office later on & the PA determined that I have a bladder infection & prescribed me some antibiotics, so not a huge deal. I guess it could've been a lot worse & at least it doesn't require surgery. That was probably a boring read, but I just thought I'd share that & update you on what's been going on lately.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sentimental

So here I am lying in bed & my mind is flooded w/ all these thoughts, so I figured I better put them down. I've been sick the past few days, which hasn't been real fun, but it's given me a lot of time to think. Good or bad, it's given me that time. I entitled this entry "sentimental" because that's what's crossed my mind most recently & it's just the type of person I am, the personality I have. Some of this may seem weird or odd, but you can be the judge of it.

I keep every birthday card I get & try to put the date on each one, so I can remember when they're from. I'm pretty sure I have each card since high school, at least. I was absolutely blown away this year by the amount of happy birthday messages I got, simply because I was not expecting any. It was pretty amazing. I keep every ticket stub & write on each one who I went w/. I even have them in a ziploc bag in chronological order--that's how meticulous I am. I keep text messages that mean a lot to me, whether it's from a particular girl, or a close friend or sibling. I also write these messages down, word for word, in my journal, just so that I'll always remember them & can reflect on them. I have nearly every scorecard from every round of golf I've ever played & it's becoming a pretty big pile, but I'm gonna keep adding to it. I still have the Teddy bear from when I was 8 & had to go to the hospital for stitches in my leg. It still sits on my book shelf. I still have my junior jazz jerseys from clear back in third grade--that one might be a bit much, but hey. I just don't want to forget these various events, so I'll either keep the item, only if it's small, or I'll put it down in my journal. Call me crazy, but that's just who I am. Sentimental.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Ice Box

That's how it felt yesterday, leaving Arizona and coming home to Utah. We left Phoenix around 11 A.M., perfect weather there (75 degrees), and by 11 P.M., we were in Utah driving through a blizzard and it was like 30 degrees outside. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, then we get to central Utah and it's yeah, exact opposite weather there. Being in that perfect weather for those few days made you forget that it's February and still winter back home. I would go back to Phoenix in a heartbeat right now if I could. It was SUCH nice weather! Man and now I'm here in the 25 degree, snow-covered road type weather. Not too fun, but hey at least I got to get away for a few days.

On Tuesday, the fam and I went to the zoo and had a great time! It was like 80 degrees outside. Perfect. We walked through the whole place, which took us a good three hours, but my nieces had a blast and so did I :) We got back to the hotel, grabbed some lunch, then I took my nieces to the pool for a few hours. My littlest niece, Audrey, clung on to me the whole time we were in the water, it was pretty cute :) Some older people sitting by the pool thought I was their Dad, cuz the one guy was like, "You're gonna be in trouble in a few years" I just laughed and told him they were my nieces. Ha ha. Do I look old enough to be their parents? Evidently so. It's my bro that's gonna be in trouble, though, that's for sure. Those girls are a handful and they're all pretty cute, so yeah he'll have his work cut out for him when they're all teenagers. I love them to death, though, and am really glad I got to spend some quality time w/ them.

Speaking of quality time, after we finished at the pool, we went back to the room for some sandwiches, then the fam all sang Happy Birthday to me. I couldn't stop smiling :) Then one of my nieces gave me an envelope w/ a card inside. I open it up and see some tickets, so I look at them and they're tickets to a Jazz/Suns game, but I couldn't find the date on them. I asked if it was for tonight and they all said yes. I was going to a Jazz game on my birthday!!! I was so surprised, I seriously had NO idea there was even a game on that night, and now I got to go! Even though the Jazz lost (by one), it was probably the best birthday I've ever had, or at least the best one I can remember. I NEVER expected to get any sort of gift from anyone, so to get tickets to an NBA game on my birthday, no less, was just plain awesome!!! :) I can't express just how grateful I am for my family and all that they've done for me. Oh and my Mom even made my favorite cake, dirt cake. I only eat it once a year and it's always on my birthday, so yeah we ate some of it after the game and it was definitely the "icing on the cake" :) Ha what a great birthday and a great vacation!
Here is little Audrey w/ her "frog fingers" :)

 Here is the famous dirt cake :)
 Not the greatest pic, but this is obviously a lion at the zoo :)
And finally, the view at the Jazz/Suns game :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Cankers, St. George, Birthday and PHOENIX!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I haven't been a huge fan of this holiday, mainly because of all the lovey-dovey stuff associated w/ it, but also because I've been single for pretty much all of them. But I'm glad when it comes around, because that means my birthday is coming up! (more about that later...)

K so I played basketball last tuesday night in Provo and it was pretty fun,  minus getting smacked in the face. I grabbed a rebound, then got hit in the mouth and knew right away that I was bleeding. So I went in the bathroom and was in there for like ten minutes just trying to get my bottom lip to stop bleeding. I wasn't mad at the kid who did it, it was just a little annoying that it bled so much, and the fact that I have like five cankers in my mouth now. Dang it. Oh well, there are worse things in life.

Alrighty now on thursday, I headed down to sunny St. George w/ a friend of mine to golf for a few days. We were able to stay w/ a friend of mine, who was way cool to let us stay and hang out there, so big ups to Josh Westover for that. We golfed at Sky Mountain on friday, it was a bit brisk in the morning, so I kept my jacket on for a while, but it sure warmed up on the back nine and was quite nice. I was able to shoot an 86 on 18 holes, which isn't way great, but it could've been a lot worse, so I'll take it. Then we ate at IHOP, primarily because they have their all-you-can-eat pancakes on, so that was the motivation for going :) I ended up eating five, plus my bacon, eggs and toast. I could've eaten a few more, but I would've been miserable, so I figured to quit while I was ahead. K after we ate, we helped my buddy and his wife move from their apartment to a new house and it took a while to get it all moved, but I was more than happy to help. Plus I've known the kid since I was like 5 and knew that he'd do the same for me, so of course I'd help him. The next day, I really didn't feel like golfing, but the guy I went down w/, Eric, really wanted to go, so I ended up going. The course was pretty rough, as the flood a few months ago nearly wiped it all out, so yeah the front nine's holes were pretty sketchy, the yardages were spary-painted on the grass, but they did the best they could w/ what they had. And hey, a day golfing on a rough course (in February, no less) beats a day at work, right?

After we golfed, we met my parents at In and Out and then I jumped in w/ them to head here to Phoenix. My Dad wanted to check out this house that is for sale in Coral Canyon, so we went and it's a pretty nice house, not real big, but it'd just be a second home for my parents, mainly to use in the winter, so it'd be perfect. I might go in on it, as would my brother and sister, so we would each own a percentage of the house, and we could use it just about whenever we wanted, like a winter retreat one weekend or something, which would be pretty awesome :) I'm pretty sure we're going to purchase it, but yeah I won't know for sure 'til like April 1st. I'll keep you posted though. We headed to Phoenix after that and got here around 10:30 saturday night. I've gotten the opportunity to hang out w/ my four nieces and older bro for a few days and it's been a lot of fun! My two youngest nieces are kinda like my shadows, they follow me around and always want to sit by me. Aww it's nice to feel loved, isn't it? :) I've really enjoyed this vacation though, the weather has been amazing and I got to golf some more, so yeah you can't beat it!

I remember this time last year, I was living w/ my bro in southern AZ and got to spend my birthday w/ them, as I will be this year, as well. I listened to Jimmy Eat World's song '23' just after midnight and it was kind of a relaxing, yet somber song to listen to, still is. It's SUCH a great song, but it gets to me every time I listen to it. I'm kind of a baby that way w/ songs, some of them really touch me and get to my emotions, but they're good to listen to and are almost therapeutic sometimes.

With that being said, it is now officially my birthday and yep, I'm 24. What song will I listen to this time? I dunno, perhaps Jimmy Eat World again, who knows. It's just kinda crazy to me to think that I'm this age already. It seems like I was just 12 years old living in Lyman, Wyoming. Age is nothing but a number, like I definitely don't feel like I'm 24, yet what are you supposed to feel like anyway, right? I'm just SO very grateful to be where I am, have the friends that I have, have the amazing family that is always there for me and supports me in all that I do, have a pretty good car to drive and a roof over my head. Even a bed to sleep in is a great thing to have, because there are a lot of people in the world who don't have one, nor even know what a bed is. I can travel freely, drive 15 minutes to buy clothes, or rent a DVD, or eat at pretty much any fast food place you can think of and not think twice about it, yet we take these things for granted at times, I know I do. I just hate it when people get complaining about their situation. Buck up! It's really not that bad and no matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone who has it worse than you, so remember that! Buck up and deal w/ it! Life is FAR too short to be mad or bitter, so lighten up! ENJOY life! And remember, no one gets out alive! :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Super Bowl, Fifth Wheels and Wayward Thoughts

Let me start off by saying the Super Bowl was a pretty sweet game. I didn't mind which team won, but I thought it was cool to see Green Bay win, since they haven't won in quite a while, and I really like Charles Woodson, so yeah it was cool to see him get a ring. I won't even mention the National Anthem or the halftime show, both of which were WAY too overdone. Just sing the Anthem, remember all the words, and don't think it's all about you. That's all I ask, for anyone who sings it. Just sing it and don't get all fancy w/ your words and what not.

Next, I would like to express how awkward it is to be the fifth wheel. Even w/ your best friends, it's awkward. Especially when one of those friends is engaged. I went to a movie and then to dinner the other day and I'm glad they asked me to come, but yeah I'll definitely make sure to bring a date next time. Living in a tiny town doesn't help my cause there, but yeah, being the fifth wheel is not a desirous position to be in. Ha mainly because I didn't have anyone really to converse w/ and yeah, they were like all kissy-kiss during the movie, so I had to avert my eyes. It could've been a lot worse though, but yeah. Then at dinner, our waitress, bless her heart, was just trying to be polite, but she was a little over-eager to ask us if we needed anything, yet didn't refill our drinks. I'm not sure if it was maybe her first night/week there, so I don't wanna bash her, but yeah it could've been better. I felt like I was rushed to get my food eaten, cuz everyone else got theirs in a to go box, but I like my food and wouldn't eat it if I took it home, so I took my time eating it there :) Wow I'm really rambling here huh. Here is some randomness...

-I hate having nose hairs. It'd be fine if they didn't grow, but they do, so you have to maintain them; k well I guess you don't HAVE to, but that's just gross if you don't. And those little electric buzzer things don't do jack, so I use these little trimmer scissors and they work pretty well, I just wish we didn't need to have nose hairs.
-The same can be said for neck hair. Good grief I hate shaving it! And some of those razors are like shaving w/ a shard of glass, they just pull the hairs out. I guess waxing could be an option, but...we'll see how adventurous I get.
-I played this dancing game on the Wii at FHE last night and I've gotta say...it wasn't so terrible. Can I dance? No, no I cannot. But I tried and hey, I survived! The world DIDN'T come to an end :)
-I somehow manage to spray myself in the face w/ that little sprayer device by the faucet every time I do the dishes.
-I miss the Reese's Crunchy Cookie Cups, remember the ones in the yellow package that had like an Oreo type cookie in the middle? Yeah those were the greatest back in the day.
-Crispy M&M's were great, too. Now they have a pretzel kind. Pretzel? Really? Come on M&M's.
-I wish you didn't have to buy the whole box of Capri Suns. Sell them by themselves, would ya?-Two cars have come through tonight at work. Two. And it's almost 2 A.M. I have a really insignificant job.
-I miss Eskimo Pies. Do they even make them anymore? My Grandma used to have them every time I came over and they were so delicious, even the sugar-free ones. Sigh. I miss her and those days when you're a kid and didn't have a care in the world. Being an adult kinda sucks sometimes. Not that I have a rough life by any stretch of the imagination, but you know what I mean.
-I hate that I worry so much. And that about 95% of it is over things I can't control.
-Thermal shirts are my new favorite things
-Bringing your iPod to church is ridiculous. Bringing an iPad is even more ridiculous! What's the matter w/ having your actual scriptures? We all know you aren't always reading along on your electronic device like you say you are. Let's be real here.
-The new song by The Script is my new favorite song
-I wish Chris Farley was still alive. Could you imagine all the great comedies we could have if he were still here?
-Jimmy Fallon is the man. I crack up every time I watch his show. He kinda makes up for Chris being gone.
-I nearly gag when I walk by the coffee or fish sections in the grocery store
-I don't ever see myself having a Twitter account
-Brooklyn Decker is pretty much amazing, not gonna lie
-And finally, I want to try out for BYU's basketball team, but I don't want to enroll in school, nor do I think my grades are good enough to enroll there.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hair Cuts, Cold Weather and Coyotes

I experienced each of these things today, oddly enough.

The hair cut: Oh how I love a good hair cut! I hate when it gets shaggy, thus I try to get it cut once a month, or like every four weeks. I love the feel of the back of my hair, you know when it's buzzed close. I especially love it when a girl I like feels or plays w/ my hair. Ha I could pretty much fall asleep when she does that, kinda like a little puppy. Ha ha sorry random, but hey.

Cold weather: I think anyone who reads this has experienced this lately, but it was like -15 degrees last night and this morning in Coalville, which is kinda ridiculous. Park City is even colder, but fortunately it's supposed to warm quickly. I sure hope the weatherman is right. I just wish it could be spring already! Shorts and flip flops...ok so maybe not flip flops, but sandals anyway, are calling my name. I'm gonna give the flip flops a try this year though, even though that little thing that goes in between your toes drives me crazy. I've made the mistake of calling them "thongs" before, but yeah, those are something completely different and something I wish not to discuss. Sorry kids. Anyway yeah, I'm so ready for the warm weather and hope it gets here soon! Oh and hey! Punxsutawney Phil (or in english, the famous groundhog), did not see his shadow today, so that means we'll have an early spring. That is a foolproof method, by the way, since we all know how to determine if a groundhog sees his shadow or not :P

Coyotes: K so crazy story. I was on my way to Heber and saw some cars going the other direction were stopped, so I looked over and saw this animal in the middle of the road. But what the heck was it? It had dark fur and was pretty big, so it couldn't be a deer. My Dad told me it was a coyote. A coyote?? Good grief! The thing was massive! I could've sworn it was a wolf, but then again, I'm not an animal expert, nor had I ever seen a coyote in person, so I went w/ my Dad's answer. The thing was still alive, too, and was trying to drag itself off the road. And this was at like noon, too. I felt like I was watching Beauty and the Beast, ya know when he transforms into the beast and just rises up and ROOOOOAAARR! I felt like this coyote/beast was just gonna like rise up and do this and tear after the cars. Ha ha it was pretty intense. I have quite the weird imagination sometimes :S

Anyway, these are some of my thoughts as I sit here at work, w/ PLENTY of time on my hands (perhaps a little too much). I'll leave you w/ a few funny videos and hope they might cheer you up or brighten your day, if you've had a bad day or are feeling stressed out, or just want a good laugh, whatever the case may be :)



















Saturday, January 29, 2011

Random Thoughts At Work

So I'm sitting here at work w/ not a heck of a lot to do, so I thought I'd jot down a few things and hopefully fill my time here. I went to a Jazz game last night, which was a lot of fun and they actually won! Our seats were on the third row in the upper bowl, so not too bad. Binoculars were not needed, thankfully. It was a good game though and I'm glad I was able to go. K now some random thoughts...here goes nothing...

-I absolutely love basketball (if you couldn't tell)
-I had a salad as part of my lunch yesterday, which almost never happens.
-Lately I've been looking at the nutrition facts on all the stuff I eat. Why? Not quite sure. Boredom maybe, but I think I'm finally taking notice of what I'm eating, hence the salad.
-Dirt cake is my favorite cake and I only eat it once a year--for my birthday, which is in the near future and I'm pretty excited about it (eating the cake, I mean).
-Red velvet cake has moved up to a close second-favorite
-I hate that the internet here is dial-up
-I can't get enough of The Office. The Nard Dog cracks me up every time.
-My phone is driving me nuts lately, so I do believe I'll have a new one soon.
-I'm often indecisive, which doesn't help my cause in a lot of things, such as picking out a new phone :P
- :P is my new favorite emoticon to use and for good reason :)
-I HATE cottage cheese, licorice and popcorn. If it's got a funky texture, there's a strong chance that I won't eat it.
-I ALWAYS have to put my left sock or shoe on before the right one. Same thing w/ taking them off. And I always have to undo the laces.
-I go through the same routine each night before I go to bed.
-I have two beds in my room. Yes, two. And I've only ever slept on the one, which is the smaller of the two. Go figure.
-I have to make my bed every day, otherwise it feels out of place. None of the blankets/sheets can be upside down, either.
-When putting bills in my wallet, they all have to be facing the same direction and be in chronological order (1, 5, 10, etc.)
-I may or may not have a little OCD, you can decide that :)
-I am a bit of a perfectionist as well; I used to tear holes through my paper as a kid, because if a letter/word wasn't how I wanted it, I'd erase it and re-write it 'til I got it just right.
-I have a weird ability to spell most words correctly. It probably comes from me re-writing everything when I was little.
-I tend to yawn a lot when I'm nervous
-I hate it when my pants drag on the ground
-I was 19 before I got my first kiss
-I get dizzy on a swing
-I almost got stuck in Canada when I was little
-I worry far too much
-I am my own worst critic and am usually pretty hard on myself
-I keep a journal and my goal this year is to write in it every day
-I hate the feeling of rubbing a paper towel across the carpet, or when you step in something wet and you're barefoot or in socks.
-You can never go wrong w/ a new pair of socks. I would LOVE it if I could wear a brand new pair every day.
-I used to think that whichever way you were travelling, you were going north. Always. And I always thought the compass deal in your car was telling you which way the wind was blowing.
-I think professional athletes are WAY overpaid. School teachers, police officers and fire fighters should be making way more than them.
-Soccer, hockey, wrestling and lacrosse would be more fun to watch if I knew any of the rules.
-JP, Portis and Jord, or Jordy, are the only nicknames I have, k well the only ones I like.
-Despite popular thoughts, I was not named after Michael Jordan. Although I do love to wear his brand of shoes :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day One

Hello world! Ha ha jk this is my first attempt at blogging, so bear w/ me. I've often thought about having one, just haven't ever gotten around to it...until now. I think it will be pretty fun though, plus it will give me another outlet to express my thoughts/feelings, so yeah here we go!

I just got back from the big game in Provo between San Diego State and BYU and man was it awesome! Our seats were clear up at the top, but I didn't care. I was just glad to be there! It was a packed house, as this was a match-up between the #5 and #9 teams in the nation and it lived up to the hype, as did Jimmer Fredette. He is amazing and scored 43 points! The crowd was intense the entire game and I could only imagine how incredible that must have felt to be one of the players out on the court, especially a BYU player. I would absolutely LOVE to be in their shoes; the crowd roaring, chanting your name, cheering your team on on every possession. Man that would be amazing and a dream come true for me. It's not an impossible dream, I just have a long road ahead of me. All I need to do is put forth the effort: a lot of it at that, but it is achievable.

The basketball court is the only place where I feel a sense of ease and comfort; I can just let loose and totally be comfortable. I don't think about anything, any problems I might have or trials I might be going through, they all go out the window when I'm out playing. My mind is clear, free from all distractions. I don't know why that is, but that's just how it is. If I'm playing in a tournament or a big game, the crowd might be going crazy or some fans might be heckling me, but I don't notice while I'm playing. I don't notice any of those things. The only thing I pay attention to is the game and my teammates. That's it. I almost take on a new personality when I'm out there. I'm vocal, confident, worry-free and not nervous at all, which is a stark contrast from my every day life. Why? I have no idea. Maybe it's because basketball is what comes natural for me, I don't have to think twice about it. Yet all other aspects of my life, I'm a worrier, I get nervous a lot and don't have a ton of confidence. These are things to work on though.

Anyway sorry, I've written a novel here. Expect more from me in the upcoming blogs though, because this is a great outlet to voice what I'm thinking. Thanks for reading and I'll quit blabbing...for now :)